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    Welcome back! A message from the OISS director Published: Monday, 07 Jan 2013

    On behalf of the staff of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), let me welcome you to spring semester 2013. MSU deeply values the presence of international students and scholars on campus and it is a privilege for our staff to assist you.

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    Funding opportunity: Apply for the Emergency Tuition Award Published: Friday, 04 Jan 2013

    All students with financial needs in the spring and summer 2013 semesters are invited to apply for tuition support through the OISS Emergency Tuition Award program. Application deadline for the spring semester is 01/15/2013 and summer semester is 05/15/2013.

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    U.S. address reporting requirements for international students Published: Wednesday, 02 Jan 2013

    According to U.S. immigration regulations, it is mandatory for international students to maintain a current U.S. address. For all semesters, including summer, MSU students must have a current U.S. residential address on file with MSU. Failure to update your address may impact your immigration status.

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    [Video] Happy holidays from International Studies and Programs Published: Thursday, 20 Dec 2012

    MSU's International Studies and Programs' holiday day video features the many ways international students bring new traditions to our campus by sharing the special performances and customs for celebrating holidays and the New Year around the world.

  • If you are planning to leave the U.S. during the break and will be returning as an F-1 student, F-1 student on Optional Practical Training (OPT) or J-1 student, please remember ...  
    Travel reminders for international students Published: Thursday, 13 Dec 2012

    If you are planning to leave the U.S. during spring break and will be returning as an F-1 student, F-1 student on Optional Practical Training (OPT) or J-1 student, please remember to get a travel signature from OISS before you depart for your trip.

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    [Blog] Final exam survival kit and tips Published: Monday, 10 Dec 2012

    Exams are here and all students are scrambling to get their last minute work done. A lot of us will sleep walk to reviews to cram information and a good number will call the main library their new home. The only thing keeping you from enjoying your winter break is the many final exams and projects that must be done this week. Here is what you should include in your survival kit and some tips so you won’t end up looking like the walking dead.

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    End of year reminders from the OISS director Published: Friday, 07 Dec 2012

    Please accept best wishes from the staff of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) as the fall semester soon comes to a close. We wish safe travels to all who journey to far off places over the coming holiday break.

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    OISS requests your help-$1,000 cash prize! Published: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012

    Tell us what you think and get a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize! Your feedback to MSU provides us information that will help us improve our assistance to you. The International Student Barometer is your opportunity to tell us what’s working, what’s frustrating, and what you think of your university experience to date.

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    [Video] Student to student: Studying in the States Published: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program recently launched a video titled Student to Student: Studying in the States. This resource provides prospective and current international students with the key tips they should keep in mind in order to stay in compliance with U.S. immigration rules and ensure their time studying in the United States is a positive one.

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    Office closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day Published: Monday, 19 Nov 2012

    The Office for International Students and Scholars will be closed on Thursday, 11/22 and Friday, 11/23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen at 8:00 AM on Monday, 11/26.

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    Winners announced: 2012 International Essay Contest Published: Friday, 16 Nov 2012

    Read the winning essays of the 10th annual International Studenr Essay Contest, sponsored by the Office for International Students and Scholars.

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  • OISS has partnered with MSU Police to bring a series of videos that explains the laws related to alcohol, driving policies, and parking rules, among others...  
    [Video] Know the Law: A new resource for international students and scholars Published: Thursday, 15 Nov 2012

    The Office for International Students and Scholars wants to ensure the safety of all international students and scholars at Michigan State University both on campus and within our community. To this end, OISS has partnered with MSU Police to bring a series of videos that explain the laws related to alcohol, driving policies, and parking rules, among others.

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    Apply for the Global Lansing Fellowship program Published: Thursday, 08 Nov 2012

    Come and learn more about this brand new program that will benefit both international students and our local community on Tuesday, November 13th from 3-4 p.m. in Room 303 of the International Center.

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    Tax Clinic walk-in advising starts November 7th! Published: Tuesday, 06 Nov 2012

    Have a tax question? Come to OISS during walk-in advising hours (1pm-3pm) each Wednesday starting November 7th and get your questions answered for free! Tax clinicians from the MSU College of Law Tax Clinic will be available to meet with you one-on-one to discuss tax-related issues.

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  • Effective 11/01/12, travel signatures will take one business day to be processed. OISS requests that you drop your I-20 or DS-2019 at our front-desk and pick it up the following business day.  
    New travel signature procedures starting Nov 1 Published: Monday, 29 Oct 2012

    Due to high volume, travel signatures will take one business day to be processed effective November 1, 2012. OISS requests that you drop your I-20 or DS-2019 at our front-desk and pick it up the following day after 3 PM. Documents dropped on Friday will be available for pick-up on the following Monday after 3 PM.

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  • OISS is hosting their first webinar on Optional Practical Training (OPT), a post-program completion work authorization option for F-1 international students in the U.S.  
    OPT webinar, Monday 10/29 at 3:30pm Published: Friday, 26 Oct 2012

    OISS is hosting their first webinar (a web-based presentation) on Optional Practical Training (OPT) on Monday, October 29th from 3:30 – 4:30 PM.

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    "Crossing Borders” screening during International Education Week Published: Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012

    In recognition of International Education Week 2012, Crossing Borders Education (CBE), in collaboration with Michigan State University, presents a facilitated screening of the award-winning CBE-produced intercultural communication film, “Crossing Borders”.

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    Learning Abroad conference: Student voices and study abroad programming Published: Friday, 19 Oct 2012

    Faculty, program leaders, and others interested in students’ international learning experiences are invited to participate in the first annual MSU Learning Abroad Conference. The conference is designed to give voice to the student experience through a variety of creative media so that fellow students as well as MSU faculty and staff may better understand the nature and impacts of student learning abroad.

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    Caution: Job scams targeting college students! Published: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012

    Jobs that sound too good to be true should raise a red flag for any college student. FAKE job postings abound in unsolicited emails sent to your student account and on online job listing sites.   We’ve put together some tips to help you identify fake jobs.   You should always research the legitimacy of employers before applying.

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    DV Lottery registration opens October 02 Published: Friday, 21 Sep 2012

    The Department of State (DOS) has issued information and questions and answers on the criteria and procedures for applying for the FREE Diversity Visa Lottery.

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